Asia

New plant discovery

The BBC's Jonny Hogg reports that botanists are reporting the discovery of a spectacular new species of palm tree found on the island of Madagascar: the giant palm flowers once a century, and then essentially self destructs.

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Aid for Asian rice farmers

Soaring food prices are becoming too costly for nearly a billion rice eaters around the world, so costly that The Asian Development Bank is holding a special meeting in Spain and is considering granting more aid to Asian rice farmers